Date Spice Bars



Preparation info

  • Makes about

    45 bars

    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

A variation on ka’ik that is slightly easier to make, and no less delicious. They freeze well, too.


  • 5 cups (630 grams) flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground anise seeds


Mix together the flour, anise seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, and mahlab. Stir in the water and olive oil. Add the nigella seeds and sesame seeds and knead well. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to an oiled bowl. Cover, and allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to